Report by Will Greensmyth
A small but unswerving crew took part in the Run in the Dark Dublin last night, in aid of the Mark Pollack Trust. The race was postponed by a week due to the clash with the second leg of the Ireland v Denmark playoff game (sigh).
Although 9,000 had entered according to the MC at the start, the horrible rain and cold westerly winds clearly forced some softer entrants to seek purgatory elsewhere, with just over 5,000 foolhardy souls toeing the line. The start was delayed by about 15 minutes in order to allow traffic to clear the course. Enda and myself queried our sanity in wearing only our Sportsworld singlets and shorts. Always representing, yo.
When we got going, and after avoiding the risk of getting clotheslined by the start tape, the course took us down North Wall, before swinging around Sherriff Street, past the Point (of rescue), back up North Wall and across the Samuel Beckett Bridge. After this, the 5k and 10k routes diverged, the 5k runners for the finish and relative warmth while the 10k horde looped around Grand Canal Dock. On into Ringsend, and towards the East Link Toll. Once we were across the tollbridge, there was a last 1500m slog into the wind criss-crossing the 5k back markers up to CHQ and the finish line.
Sportsworld results from the 5k and 10k below – well done to the rapidly returning Helen Brouder, who was first lady home in the 5k and to both Andrea and Neil who snared pbs in the 10k. Apologies if we missed anyone from the results. Best of luck to everyone racing in La Santa next week, hopefully in better weather conditions.
#15 Helen Brouder 19.24 (First Lady)
#6 Enda Kerin 34.52
#21 Will Greensmyth 36.50
#35 Andrew Brett 38.07
#41 Martin Doyle 38.18
#151 Andrea McNamara 41.25 PB
#180 Neil Purdy 41.56 PB
#1837 Audraý O’DRISCOLL 55:23